Wildmoor cinema scheme the only one on the table for Cirencester

Wilts and Gloucestershire Standard: An artist's impression of Wildmoor Properties Ltd's proposed cinema complex at Brewery Court An artist's impression of Wildmoor Properties Ltd's proposed cinema complex at Brewery Court

FOLLOWING the news reported in the Standard and on our website last week that another company was looking at an alternative site for a Cirencester cinema, developers Wildmoor Properties Ltd have stressed that it is not possible to come up with plans for any scheme in Cirencester without years of preparation.

A spokesperson for Wildmoor said: "If people think there could be an alternative cinema scheme just round the corner, ready to roll out, they would be mistaken.

"They need to know how challenging it is redevelop in Cirencester, what with the town's archaeology and heritage concerns.

"Our scheme has been evolving through years of planning, design and consultation with archaeologists, heritage experts and planners. The Brewery Court scheme is current, real and now. Any new scheme would have to overcome the same challenges, and there is no quick fix.

"This scheme is supported by the Town Council and a majority of public consultation responses and we believe it offers a fantastic opportunity for Cirencester ... all we ask is that the scheme is judged on its own strengths and merits, rather than on what might happen in the future, in the same way that any major development proposal should be considered."

Yesterday, Cotswold MP Geoffrey Clifton-Brown came out strongly in support of the Brewery Court scheme and said it would be a great pity if it were turned down.

He said he had been made aware that planning officers at Cotswold District Council were recommending refusal of the application and as a result he had written a strong email to the Leader, Chief Executive and Principle Planning Officer of the District Council.

Mr Clifton-Brown has asked for the letter to be circulated to all members of the planning committee ahead of their meeting tomorrow urging them to support this application.

In his email he said: “I think this is a great pity as it seems to me this is a fantastic opportunity for the town to provide much need facilities, particularly for younger people.”

He went on: “All in all, to provide a brand new modern cinema, 100 student accommodation places and to smarten up a not terribly attractive part of the town, it seems to be exactly what the town is currently lacking and I sincerely hope that all your councillors considering this application will support it.”

* The Standard would like to make it clear that there is currently only one planning application for a cinema complex under consideration by CDC planners, that submitted by Wildmoor Properties Ltd.

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7:51pm Tue 12 Nov 13

Olly Cromwell says...

Fancy that!

The Cotswold MP must have received a call from his polo playing land owning chum from Chedworth to say it's all looking a bit iffy and could he exert some influence.

Er,...no
Fancy that! The Cotswold MP must have received a call from his polo playing land owning chum from Chedworth to say it's all looking a bit iffy and could he exert some influence. Er,...no Olly Cromwell
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8:10am Wed 13 Nov 13

jedthered says...

What is it with this town, the place is crying out for a cinema, but there always seems to be that the planners say no we dont want that, or the nimby's writing to there counciller complaining that its going to be unsightly. What a load of poppycock, looking at the artist impression it reminds me of the new office's of St. James Place., we did;nt hear to many moans about that!

If you go into this town on any week night , the place is like a morgue, streets are deserted, pubs are empty, There are a lot of young and middle aged people living in this town, the population is not all staid and of pensionable age, they need something to do. With the cinema it will bring more people into the town, so they will spend more in our shops and other businesses, so it has to be a win, win situation for all concerned.
If the planning commitee turn this proposal down i really hope that the developer takes it to the highest court in the land, and hopefully win!!!!!
What is it with this town, the place is crying out for a cinema, but there always seems to be that the planners say no we dont want that, or the nimby's writing to there counciller complaining that its going to be unsightly. What a load of poppycock, looking at the artist impression it reminds me of the new office's of St. James Place., we did;nt hear to many moans about that! If you go into this town on any week night , the place is like a morgue, streets are deserted, pubs are empty, There are a lot of young and middle aged people living in this town, the population is not all staid and of pensionable age, they need something to do. With the cinema it will bring more people into the town, so they will spend more in our shops and other businesses, so it has to be a win, win situation for all concerned. If the planning commitee turn this proposal down i really hope that the developer takes it to the highest court in the land, and hopefully win!!!!! jedthered
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1:18pm Wed 13 Nov 13

lutherblissett says...

I entirely agree with the above post, but as a resident of Ashcroft Rd I am concerned with the proposed development of accomodation for up to 100 A gricultural students.......we have enough issues in the road with them damaging property at 3 in the morning on their way to and through !! But I realise that this is a small minority. Perhaps a Picture House cinema would be more suitable......look at Henley on Thames and what happened there, Waitrose were heavily invovled with that development after they knocked down the original cinema....!!
I entirely agree with the above post, but as a resident of Ashcroft Rd I am concerned with the proposed development of accomodation for up to 100 A gricultural students.......we have enough issues in the road with them damaging property at 3 in the morning on their way to and through !! But I realise that this is a small minority. Perhaps a Picture House cinema would be more suitable......look at Henley on Thames and what happened there, Waitrose were heavily invovled with that development after they knocked down the original cinema....!! lutherblissett
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11:36am Thu 14 Nov 13

David Broad says...

Interesting view of things you have Olly. Are you sure it was not a Polo eating chum from Chedworth?
I still cannot get over the unanimous vote, nor the fact that neither Ward member attended the meeting to speak one of the most influential schemes CDC has dealt with in the past 10 years, influential in that it redefines the "Centre" of Cirencester, putting an entertainment hub back into to the market place area and away from Kingsmeadow. / Vygon.
I think on reflection it must have been down to Geoffrey Clifton - Brown's intervention,
Interesting view of things you have Olly. Are you sure it was not a Polo eating chum from Chedworth? I still cannot get over the unanimous vote, nor the fact that neither Ward member attended the meeting to speak one of the most influential schemes CDC has dealt with in the past 10 years, influential in that it redefines the "Centre" of Cirencester, putting an entertainment hub back into to the market place area and away from Kingsmeadow. / Vygon. I think on reflection it must have been down to Geoffrey Clifton - Brown's intervention, David Broad
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